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This is a 1914 Model, chamber dated 1914 DWM 8" model with the 800 meter adjustable rear sight mounted on the barrel. The 1914 Chamber Date is one of the most difficult of the Artillery models in this pristine condition.  There is minimal holster wear and the grips are like new.  The springs and small parts still show the fire blue and the strawed parts are excellent. The holster was modified with non-intrusive loops through the stock block so the gun could be worn on the belt.      (1233) 

 

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This is a 9mm weapon with all the matching parts marked in the military manner (exposed). The barrel is 200mm and it has an adjustable front site. The frame has the stock lug and the thumb safety. The thumb safety is marked "Gesichert" and extractor "Geladen".  The barrel is numbered and proofed to the weapon. The inside of the gun is clean and well cared for.  The Luger and stock has been marked for export and must have been shipped before the imposition of the Treaty of Versailles which denied Germany the ability to build or possess any 9mm barreled gun in excess of 99mm.

This is a 9mm weapon with all the matching parts marked in the military manner (exposed). The barrel is 200mm and it has the adjustable site.  The Imperial proofs are well struck and tell the story of the gun.  The barrel inside is shiny with distinctive lands and grooves.  The magazine is clean and grips match the gun.

The Imperial proofs are well struck and tell the story of the gun.  The barrel inside is shiny with distinctive lands and grooves.  The magazine is clean and grips match the gun. The original intent was to issue the 8" weapon to gun boat crews but it then became standard issue to machine gun crews and artillery units.

 

Acknowledging a requirement to protect the crew served weapons the German army was in search of a shorter, more lightweight weapon than the G98.  The Luger Carbine was well known (the Kaiser hunted with one), so the idea for a long barreled pistol with a stock was an easy jump to make.  In 1914 DWM produced a very few "artillery" models when the decision was made for the Royal Arsenal at Erfurt to produce the 8" Parabellum and DWM to produce the 4" version. DWM with the greater capacity to expand in 1915 produced both the short and long barrel versions.

Here is a posed machine gun crew wearing the Lange Pistole 08 on both their belts and the left soldier with the carrying strap.

 

In 1914 the decision was made to devote the entire production of the Lange Pistole (LP)08 to the Erfurt Imperial Arsenal and that DWM would produce the 100mm (4") Luger.  This ceased production of the DWM 1914 and these models are very difficult to find dated in the 1914 series. Undoubtedly this one was assembled or taken from stock after the war during the period before the Allied Commission denied Germany the ability to produce 9mm Parabellums with a barrel length exceeding 99mm, (to effectively cut off the Luger).  DWM simply took 2 mm off the end and continued to make the 98mm barrel until 1933 when Hitler abolished all restrictions.

The serial numbers are marked in the "military manner" meaning they are exposed on the parts. This Luger has all matching parts. The low 4 digit serial number without a suffix puts this Parabellum in the early part of 1914. The Germany stamp on the receiver and stock indicate that the gun was assembled for export sales and most likely to the US where demand had resumed for the Luger because of the experience with it by the Doughboys.

Sometimes in examination people think the leaf site is bent.  However, when raising the site to the full 800 meter position reveals a 7° left movement.  This design compensates for the rifling on the 200 mm barrel which gives the bullet a twist in flight and if properly adjusted will permit a corrected point of impact.  Another example of Luger engineering.

Above Left is the leaf sight that is adjustable for elevation and wind age to 800 meters. Above right is the adjustable front sight.  With a small brass tool one was capable of adjusting the alignment with the rear sight and the shooters eye so that all adjustments could be made from the leaf sight.  This piece was discontinued in early 1917 making this a very rare gun with just two months assembly and a full rig.

 

 

Three different rigs for wearing the LP08.

 

This 90 year old gun has been cared for by other custodians to preserve it for us today in this pristine condition. The inside of the gun is clean and reflects the effort for cleaning the past 94 years. Lugers that are stored for any period of time should have the wooden grips at least waxed on the inside to protect contact with the metal.

Right Up: Adjustable front sight; up through part of 1917 the Artillery Luger was manufactured with an adjustable front sight.  This was designed as a precision weapon and with the extended barrel and 800m rear sight make it formidable.  Left Up: The Imperial proofs and the Imperial acceptance stamp appears on the receiver and the barrel,.  Note the serial number on the leaf sight.

It is entirely subjective to give any Luger a rating of excellent or fine, just as it is to declare it xx% blued or strawed. Few Lugers are out of the box new and these are premium priced. Bluing percentages is like Beauty, in the eye of the beholder.  We strive to provide pictures so you can judge for yourself if the gun meets your criteria.

The holster is fitted with an additional stud to affect the closure with the original strap.

The back side shows the two loops that are held with brass studs that are removable if the holster is going to be worn with the straps. This was a common conversion for the Sturmtrupp (Storm Troop). 

Stormtroopers (in German Stoßtruppen, "shock troops") were specialist soldiers of the German Army in World War I. In the last years of the war, Stoßtruppen were trained to fight with "infiltration tactics", part of the Germans' new method of attack on enemy trenches.

Men trained in these methods were known in Germany as Sturmmann (literally "assault man" but usually translated as Stormtrooper), formed into companies of Sturmtruppen ("assault troops", more often and less exactly Storm Troops). The infiltration tactics of the stormtroopers are still in use today, in one form or another. Other armies have also used the term "assault troops", "shock troops" or fire teams for specialist soldiers who perform the infiltration tasks of stormtroopers.

The holster is unmarked and apparently was made and delivered at the time of the Armistice and did not receive the Imperial stamp and became surplus as it became apparent that the 200mm barreled Luger was not going to be allowed by the Allied Commission enforcing the Treaty of Versailles. It should be shown that by 1918 the holsters were being made to accommodate the belt and strap wear with both belt loops and the stock block installed.

 

The above pictured stock bears both the Imperial Proof (Crown over "S" - "S" Representing the Inspector) and the export stamp from the early '20's.

In 1871, there was much debate about the exact title for the monarch of those German territories (such as free imperial cities, principalities, duchies, and kingdoms) that agreed to unify under the leadership of Prussia, thereby forming the German Empire. Deutscher Kaiser ("German Emperor") was chosen over alternatives such as Kaiser von Deutschland ("Emperor of Germany"), or Kaiser der Deutschen ("Emperor of the Germans"), as the chosen title simply connoted that the new emperor, hearkening from Prussia, was a German, but did not imply that this new emperor had dominion over all German territories. There have only been three Kaisers of the (second) German Empire. All of them belonged to the Hohenzollern dynasty, which, as kings of Prussia, had been de facto leaders of lesser Germany.

In English the word Kaiser is mainly associated with the emperors of the unified German Empire (1871–1918), in particular with Kaiser Wilhelm II, and with the emperors of Austria-Hungary, in particular with Kaiser Franz Joseph I.

At the end of the war Wilhelm abdicated his throne and Germany became a Republic.

The stock matches the Luger and has all the accessories including the cleaning rod, proofed loading tool.

Above Left: German Sturmtrupp overrunning a French trench in an assault in 1918.  Above Right: Sturmmann with a Bergmann Submachinegun and an LP08 both of which were fitted to use the 32 round Trommel magazine

 

This is an excellent example of the dated 1914 Artillery in minty condition with all the basic Imperial proofs in very early 1914 production with a matching stock, cleaning rod and proofed loading tool . If you are collecting the dated artilleries then you know how hard it is to find one like this.  Any questions to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com.   This 1914 Artillery is offered for $8,895.00.

 

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